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J.007 Ka.t.thahaari Jaataka Brahmadatta, the king of Benares, while wandering about in a grove, seeking for fruits and flowers, came across a woman merrily singing as she gathered sticks. He became intimate with her, and the Bodhisatva was conceived there and then. The king gave the woman his signet ring, with instructions that if the child was a boy, he should be brought to the court with the ring. When the Bodhisatva grew up, his playmates taunted him by calling him Ôno-fatherÕ. Feeling ashamed, he asked his mother about it and, on hearing the truth, insisted on being taken to the king. When confronted with the child, the king was too shy to acknowledge his parentage, and the mother, having no witness, threw the child in the air with the resolution that he should remain there if her words were true. The boy, sitting cross-legged in the air, requested the king to adopt him. The request was granted, and the woman made queen consort. On his fatherÕs death, he became king under the name of Katthavahana. The story was told to Pasenadi on his refusal to recognize the claim to the throne of Vidudabha, his son by Vasabhakhattiya. 55/213 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.133ff. responsibility, illegitimate child

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